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An entirely new approach to tissue engineering

Researchers present an entirely new approach to tissue engineering that uses the interfacial forces between aqueous solutions of phase-separating polymers to confine cells and promote their assembly into interconnected, macroscopic tissue constructs. This simple and inexpensive general procedure creates free-standing, centimeter-scale constructs from cell suspensions in as little as 2 hours.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2015

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Using fungi to catch algae

Fungal waste biomass from biotechnology applications could be used to harvest microalgae for fuels and chemicals production.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2015

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Benzodiazepines, the ring of power

Benzodiazepine's introduction into clinical revolutionized the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Now, a research group of experts in preliminary drug discovery, has developed a succinct and efficient multicomponent-assisted synthetic methodology assembling unexplored benzodiazepine collections, thus, enabling to examine new areas of biological applications.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2015

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Antibodies in the lab: Higher quality through DNA technology

Antibodies are now established as therapeutics and indispensable in the research lab. In contrast to high-quality therapeutics, commercial antibodies used in research often do not properly function. Researchers demand that antibodies used in research should be made by recombinant DNA technology - just like therapeutic antibodies.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2015

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Transparent soft PDMS eggshell created as step towards embryo lab on a chip

Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems have registered tremendous progress over the past 20 years. Myriad 'chip' schemes have already emerged, ranging from the lung-on-a-chip and heart-on-a-chip to the liver-on-a-chip and kidney-on-a-chip. However, until now, an ideal embryo-on-a-chip has not yet been developed due to challenges in condensing so many life factors inside a conventional LOC.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2015

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